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Raila: IEBC bosses must quit in a week: Attorney-General Githu Muigai yesterday said the government will from this week start formal negotiations with electoral commissioners to mutually agree on their send-off package. Tension has been rising over missed deadlines in the quest to name a new team to run next year’s General Election. Yesterday ODM and Cord leader Raila Odinga said the nine commissioners must vacate office by Saturday. Earlier in the day, ODM Chairman John Mbadi had said the team led by Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan must leave by October 15. If negotiations on their send-off are concluded before Friday, there is a possibility that the commissioners will all resign before the end of the week by writing to the President.

Girls as young as 13 hooked on family planning: Desperate mothers are putting their teenage daughters on family planning programmes, raising questions about the priorities of sex education in the country. In Kwale, just as in many other parts of the country, girls who are barely in their teens say it is better to prevent a pregnancy than live with the shame of an “unwanted” baby. Their mothers agree with them, and in a country where the average age of sexual debut is as low as 12, their choices are understandable. Or are they?

Al-Shabaab facing defeat, says official: A Somali diplomat has said the combined military efforts launched in the war-torn country have led to the weakening of terrorist group Al-Shabaab by condensing the areas it controls. Foreign Minister Abdisalam Hadliyeh Omer told the United Nations on Saturday that Somalia’s security services and allied forces, including those of Kenya, have “militarily defeated the evil that is Al-Shabaab”. “Today, Al-Shabaab controls less than 10 per cent of territory in the country. In recent months many of their key leaders have been killed, others have defected and their violent ideology is truly shunned by the Somali people.”

The Standard

‘I am not a land grabber’: Deputy President William Ruto has defended himself against claims of corruption and land grabbing. The DP attributed his property and business empire to hard work. Asked how he was dealing with the perception that he is corrupt, the DP said he acquired his wealth through hard work, reiterating that people should not be judged based on their background in society. In an interview with Kenyan journalists in New York, USA, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting, Ruto noted that society was “very cruel, especially to those who rise to the top from humble beginnings”. Although he did not discuss any specific allegations levelled against him, Ruto, who has styled himself as a ‘hustler’ (one who has had to struggle to make it) said he was “very proud” of who he had become today.

Ten new election rules you must know before next polls: Big losers in political party primaries could still find their way into Parliament through nominations. It has emerged that the elections law was amended to remove a requirement that restricted politicians contesting in party nominations from having their names included in the party list. The new law banned party hopping, but MPs pushed to open up the party list to losers of primaries. Party hopping was just one of the wide range of electoral reforms including a fine of Sh1 million or six-year jail term for employers who do not give employees reasonable time to participate in elections.

Raila blames Uhuru and MPs over IEBC stalemate: CORD leader Raila Odinga now wants electoral commissioners to be given termination letters with immediate effect. The Opposition also threatened a return of street protests to push Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials out. Raila said having the commissioners in office is unfortunate considering the joint parliamentary committee had provided a road map for constituting a new commission by September 30. The commissioners are yet to vacate office reportedly because the Government has not worked out a pay plan to compensate them for removal from office before expiry of their tenure.

The Star

Corrupt? Not me, says DP Ruto: DEPUTY President William Ruto has dismissed claims that he is corrupt and accused those who say so of envy. Ruto defended his political and financial achievements, saying he can account for all his success. “I’m very proud of my record,” said Ruto in an interview with the Star in New York. “I perfectly understand the people who believe that the only way to get anywhere is to take shortcuts. I have got here by sheer hard work,” said Ruto. Ruto said he has always competed with many other able Kenyans for the positions he has held over the years. Ruto first joined active politics in 1997, when he trounced Reuben Chesire, now deceased, a relative of the then President Daniel Moi.

Talks to determine IEBC team send-off packages start today: Talks to determine a send-off package for the IEBC commissioners are set to begin today against a fast ticking clock for electoral reforms. All commissioners are expected to start negotiations for their exit package in a tripartite meeting. It will bring together Attorney General Githu Muigai, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and officials of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. Some of the commissioners have already started carting their personal property out of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices at Anniversary Towers, in preparation for their exit. “They are preparing to leave. Some are clearing out,” a source at Anniversary Towers said.

We dare Nkaissery to arrest us, no apologies, says Mandago: Governor Jackson Mandago and North Rift MPs will not apologise for storming Moi University last week to stop acting VC Laban Ayiro from taking over. Mandago and the MPs have dared Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery to arrest them, saying they are not tribal. They are accused of making tribal and inciting statements and demanding that Professor Isaac Kosgey be installed as VC, not Prof Ayiro. During the incident, Mandago was accompanied by Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos and MPs Oscar Sudi, James Bett and Sila Tiren. MP Alfred Keter and Senator Isaac Melly have also defended their colleagues’ demand on Kosgey’s appointment. CS Nkaissery has directed Mandago, Tolgos and the MPs to apologise. He has asked the NCIC to take action if the leaders do not do so. But Mandago, who spoke at several functions in Eldoret at the weekend, denied claims they incited university workers and engaged in tribal hatred.

Business Daily

Low petroleum prices cut import bill by Sh50 billion: Low global petroleum prices helped Kenya save nearly Sh50 billion in petroleum import bills duing the first half of the year despite the steep rise in consumption, the latest industry data indicates. Kenya imported Sh92.7 worth of fuel and lubricants in the year to June, down from Sh140 billion in the same period last year-cutting its oil import bill by Sh47 billion, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). At Sh47.3 billion, Kenya’s savings were more than enough to construct another Thika superhighway, which cost Sh32 billion and leave some change. The ERC said the reduction of the import bill was largely due to the plummeting of global oil prices that begin in the second half of last year and has persisted to date.

Ex-Imperial Bank boss’ family accused of stripping his estate: The family of former Imperial Bank managing director Abdulmalek Janmohammed has been reluctant to take control of his estate as part of a calculated plan to shield the assets from being attached to recover the Sh28.8 billion he is accused of stealing from the collapsed lender, the bank’s receiver managers say. The Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) says Mr Janmohammed’s mother and two brothers have started transferring assets from the deceased banker’s estate to frustrate any efforts to recover the depositor funds. The High Court’s family division has temporarily appointed Mr Janmohammed’s mother, Gulshan, and his brothers, Mehdi and Salim, as the legal representatives of the vast estate.

Confusion over plan to move Nairobi dumpsite: Confusion reigns over plans to move the Dandora dumpsite to Ruai as the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and Nairobi County continue to issue conflicting statements several years after the plan was mooted. Nairobi County officials maintained they were forging ahead with the plan even as the KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe said the agency had convinced City Hall not to relocate the dumpsite to Ruai, a Jomo Kenyatta International Airport flight path. “We have just halted the plan to study the issues that KCAA has raised before coming up with the way forward,” said Peter Kimori, the county executive in charge of the environment. KCAA said that relocating the dumpsite to Ruai, 10 kilometres from JKIA, would breach the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) requirement that such a facility be located 13 kilometres from a runway.

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